Today's News

  • Afternoon barbecue almost turns deadly

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—An afternoon barbecue almost turned deadly on Wednesday, May 18, for the Washam family.

    Lee Washam and his wife, Karen Hubbard, owners of Second Street Bar and Grill, were preparing for a cookout for their grandson’s first birthday at their Ocean Isle Beach home when the unthinkable happened.

    “We had been out shopping at Home Depot,” Hubbard said. “We had just gotten home and set up two chairs beside the cooker. We were getting ready to relax.”

  • Shallotte moves closer to setting a budget

     SHALLOTTE—Shallotte’s 2011-2012 fiscal year budget is taking shape.

    After a series of workshops to discuss the budget with individual departments and as a whole, the decision-making process is winding down.

    Before the town can adopt its final budget, officials must first wait for the county to pass its budget.

  • Grandma scammed out of more than $3,000

    SHALLOTTE—A distressed phone call from a “grandchild” led one Shallotte resident through a whirlwind scam that cheated her out of more than $3,300. She wants others to hear her story so they won’t be caught in the same trap.

    “I am not going to run scared,” said Alice May Bookout, two days after she fell victim to a scam. “I think people need to know so it doesn’t happen to them.”

  • ACE Report

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

  • County Crime Report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Property damage on a pier at the end of Nags Head Road, Supply; unknown suspect pulled up deck planks and threw them in the water.

    •Larceny and property damage on West 4th Avenue, Supply; suspect tore apart an air-conditioning unit and stole the compressor.

    •Larceny on Seashore Hills Drive, Supply; suspect removed a Dewalt saw from the residence.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny and property damage on Lee Street, Ocean Isle Beach; suspect removed and damaged a golf cart from the victim’s residence. The golf cart was later recovered.

    •Property damage to a solar panel on the Ocean Isle Beach bridge; an unknown suspect damaged a solar panel on the bridge.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •James Ivan Lewis Jr., 30, of 2374 Longwood Road, Ash, was arrested on two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon serious injury with intent to kill.

    •Larceny of a catalytic converter by removing it from a vehicle at Rent-A-Center in Shallotte; it appears the catalytic converter may have been removed by a saw.

  • West loses to Laney; sweeps West Bladen

     The West Brunswick Junior American Legion baseball team lost 7-1 May 31 to Laney, West’s first loss in four games the season.

    West coaches used the game to give many pitchers some work. In all, six West pitchers were used.

    Jacob Hill started and gave up one unearned run and two hits. He walked one.

    Jordan Caison pitched a scoreless second inning, giving up one hit and one walk.

  • Sunset Beach park property hot topic Monday

    SUNSET BEACH—Residents opposed to a town plan to shell out more than $2 million for a 5.22-acre waterway site for a future park are expected to converge on town council’s upcoming monthly meeting Monday night.

    “I encourage everyone to attend the meeting and give their views whether they want [the park] or not,” Sunset Beach resident Herb Tinger said. “Hopefully, town council will listen to a majority of people who still think they ought to do a public referendum, given this is a lot of money for a discretionary purpose.”

  • Drug robbery at CVS in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A man robbed a local CVS store of drugs one afternoon last week, then made his getaway through a drive-through window and ran into the woods.

    A suspect entered the store around 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26, and handed a note to a clerk at the pharmacy counter. The note said the suspect had a gun and demanded OxyContin and oxycodone.

    The clerk then handed the note to the pharmacist, and drugs were given to the suspect.

    The suspect is described as a white male dressed in a white T-shirt, skinny jeans and a white baseball cap.